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Lettuce Turnip the Beet Festival: Colony1 Goes Raw

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As Miami rapidly evolves, it's clear that progress is being made in the city's food and sustainability landscape. At the forefront is Colony1, an ambitious concept in the works in Wynwood.

While long-term plans include a community classroom, vegan kitchen, urban garden and bulk food store, the Colony1 team is starting with a monthly festival [temporarily] dubbed Lettuce Turnip the Beet.

The monthly event's first incarnation kicks off this Saturday, May 30, and it will feature a whole host of events and activities, from a raw lunch workshop to live tunes to instruction on how to make eco-friendly bubbles.

"Attendees will gain a lot of knowledge," says Colony1 event coordinator Emily Peters. "They will get to enjoy interactive workshops on sustainable living techniques, they will get to participate in a conversation series led by a leader in sustainable living every month, parents will get to have fun with their kids, and kids will get to have fun with their parents while learning cool new skills for an all-around healthier life," says Peters." Most importantly, the community will get to connect with each other, and help Miami grow into the nexus of conscious, socially responsible living it wants to be."

Admission is completely free, as are the day's lineup of workshops and activities. Only the lunch workshop, a raw food demo, will require a fee of $15. 

This festival is in keeping with Colony1's long-term mission of bringing a greater sense of community to Miami, and helping to encourage a sustainable lifestyle. It will feature a farmer's market, local vendors, live music, and a series of workshops and talks on topics including how to make composting toilets, Kundalini yoga and how to propagate seeds.

"Colony1 will succeed because we all know how important it is that the way we live changes to bring the mass consciousness from a self-centered mentality to community mentality," Peters explains. "To achieve this, we must begin teaching each other and supporting each other from the ground up. For this reason, education is at the forefront of the Lettuce Turnip the Beet family festivals and farmer's market."

Colony1 is a project of the non-profit organization, Art of Cultural Evolution (ACE), run by Nando and Blair Jaramillo. ACE was given a five-year land grant by Miami-Dade County, and must construct a building on its Wynwood site within three years. The long-term plan is to build a "living building" (sustainable architecture, energy, and water), the first-ever in the southeastern region of the U.S.

There's still a way to go for the project, but the group is working towards its final goal, and the festival is designed to help raise awareness and bring people to the site.

Saturday's schedule is as follows:

  • 9 a.m.: Workshop - How to Make Shade and How to Make Composting Toilets 
  • 10 a.m.: Workshop - Tea & Coffee the Natural Way 
  • 11 a.m.: Conversation Series - Sustainability in Our Lifetime with James Jiler
  • Noon: Workshop Your Lunch! Raw Food Interactive Demonstration $15
  • Noon to sunset: Farmer's Market, Local & Handmade Vendors, Live Music


Sustainability workshops in the afternoon:

  • How to Make Eco-friendly Bubbles with Audrey Nobles
  • Kundalini Yoga with Atmajeet Kaur
  • How to Propagate Seeds the Eco-Friendly way with Claudia Costa & Emily Peters
  • Yoga & Meditation with Renea Perry


The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 550 NW 22nd Ave., Miami on Saturday, May 30. Admission is free as are all events excluding the lunch workshop, which runs $15. Visit artofculturalevolution.org.

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